Fire or Ice?

5 Dec

The recent climategate scandal jogged my husband’s memory of a magazine cover he saw in the school library back in the 1970’s.  (Yes, I know, it’s ridiculous to be able to remember stuff from that long ago!)  Anyway, maybe it was this one:

This Time magazine of June 24, 1974 warns of another ice age:

… when meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe they find that the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. The trend shows no indication of reversing. Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age.

About a year later, the Newsweek edition of April 28, 1975 contained a similar article called “The Cooling World,” complete with this nifty graph:

Just a bit odd that over the past 30 or so years, there’s been a complete reversal from the certainty of global cooling to that of global warming.  Good grief.

Anyway, this news has also reminded me of something from my old school days–a poem by Robert Frost.  Pretty smart guy there.

Fire and Ice
by Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

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